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Clay Lucas

Clay Lucas is city editor for The Age. Clay has worked at The Age since 2005, covering state politics, urban affairs, transport, local government and workplace relations for The Age and Sunday Age. Clay won a Quill with Age investigative reporter Royce Millar in 2009.

Solomon Lew loses Supreme Court bid to demolish historic warehouse

Clay Lucas A bid by a company controlled by Solomon Lew to demolish a historic North Melbourne building has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.

Orrong Rd development launches

An artist's impression of the controversial Orrong Road development.


Simon Johanson and Clay Lucas A controversial apartment development that part-precipitated the Liberal Party's recent election loss of Prahran to the Greens has launched with homes selling for around $1 million.

Westward ho! Developers hitch wagons for public land grab

For sale sign.

Clay Lucas Hundreds of hectares of publicly owned land near Werribee have moved a step closer to sale, with the Napthine government calling for expressions of interest.

Philip Morris to sack 180 workers at Moorabbin plant

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Clay Lucas Cigarette maker Philip Morris will sack 180 workers at its production centre in Moorabbin by Christmas.

Jobs cull

Qantas to clarify redundancy offer for Sydney airport staff

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Clay Lucas Qantas will write to hundreds of staff at Sydney International Airport to further clarify a voluntary departure package it has offered to workers there as part of its plan to cull 5000 jobs at the...


Fears Qantas will slash 3000 jobs in cost-cutting drive

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Matthew O'Sullivan, James Massola and Clay Lucas Well-placed sources say they would be ''pleasantly surprised'' if Qantas cuts less than 2000 or 3000 jobs next week.


Geelong Shell refinery saved by new owner Vitol

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Mark Hawthorne and Clay Lucas The Shell refinery in Geelong has been saved with the new owner, Swiss oil giant Vitol guaranteeing the future of the refinery, which employs about 450 full-time workers and 150 contractors.

Union accuses Caterpillar of bullying its casual workers


Clay Lucas A multinational manufacturer has been accused of forcing casual staff at its Melbourne warehouse to sign letters stating they do not want permanent jobs - just weeks before the company would be...

Toyota pullout: Thousands of jobs to go


Clay Lucas Mark Hawthorne The end of car manufacturing in Australia - confirmed with Toyota's announcement it would shut local production in 2017, taking thousands of jobs with it - could tip Victoria and South Australia into...

IBM employee sues computer giant for bonus

Fiona White says IBM owes her a $478,000 sales bonus.

Clay Lucas, Lucy Battersby She earned the company $9.1 million, now IBM employee wants her bonus.

Holden workers strike again over redundancy conditions


Clay Lucas Holden workers in Melbourne have walked off the job again, after returning to work on Monday morning following a two-day snap strike last week.


Holden workers to tell Canberra politicians of car industry fears


Sam Hall, Clay Lucas Car industry workers will go to Canberra next week to lobby MPs over industry's future.


Qantas axes 300 jobs at Avalon heavy maintenance base


Clay Lucas Qantas will sack hundreds of engineers at the heavy maintenance facility it runs near Geelong, as it's poised to move work on 747 jets offshore.

Keep us and save $14m, say Qantas Avalon engineers

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Clay Lucas Qantas will save up to $14 million if it decides not to sack more than 300 of its aircraft maintenance staff at Avalon Airport, a presentation made to the airline this week by its engineers says.


Qantas may jettison 300 jobs at Avalon

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Clay Lucas Qantas has signalled it will sack 300 maintenance engineers and staff at Avalon Airport by next year.


Qantas to review role of 300 engineers at Avalon


Clay Lucas Victoria's dwindling aircraft engineering industry is set to shrink further, with Qantas announcing it will "review" the work done by 300 remaining engineers, maintenance staff and contractors at...

100 new aviation jobs but cost to Victorian taxpayers remains secret


Clay Lucas Up to 100 new jobs will be created in aviation after Qantas and Jetstar expanded a training facility the airlines already run in Airport West, near Melbourne and Essendon airports.


Job ad paints new picture of 457 visa scheme

The Gumtree ad.

Ben Schneiders, Clay Lucas It's a job offer with a catch. An online advertisement looking for painters states it has three positions available for workers on 457 visas.

Banks in 'race to bottom' on jobs offshore


Clay Lucas Clancy Yeates Of almost 4000 jobs to go from Australia's profitable big banks since the start of 2012, half have gone offshore, according to new research by the Financial Services Union.

Holden seeks extended warranty

Clay Lucas Holden is stepping up pressure on the federal Coalition to commit to funding for the car industry over the next decade, with a warning it could follow Ford out of Australia.